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THE DILLON CASEY INTERVIEW – MVP

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MICHAEL:

In tonight’s episode of “MVP,” the Mustangs hockey team goes on the road and all hell breaks loose when Trevor goes wild with the “ Puckbunnies”! It seems like viewers have slowly been watching Trevor’s turn to the dark side. I actually think it started with him driving the Escalade through the car dealership storefront? Do you think that was the turning point?

DILLON:

After the incident when I drive off in the Escalade, there is a moment in episode six that you don’t really expect of a guy like Trevor, but he does it anyway. He finally hooks up with Molly.

MICHAEL:

But, you enjoyed that episode?

DILLON:

Yes. That was a great episode. The thing about it was, it was all improvised. They didn’t really want me to drive through the window. I did that and they happened to catch it on camera! (He laughs) The thing about Trevor is, in previous episodes, when you watch him; he is getting pulled in all these different directions. He pretty much is letting people take full advantage of him and you don’t understand why. He is just this guy who wants to please everybody, and finally, he has had enough. He is tired of doing what everyone else expects of him, and he finally has enough. They want him to buy a Mustang and he says, “I’m not buying a Mustang.” So, he gets in the car and pulls out of the dealership window, and the sales guy makes a racial slur to him, and that was the icing on the cake.

MICHAEL:

Now, you had highlights in your hair that you were cutting off in the mirror because your character was getting fed up. That was shortly before driving the Escalade through the dealership storefront. It seems Trevor may need some anger-management! But, how did the hair highlights come about in the storyline?

DILLON:

What we did in that episode was my agent wanted to give Trevor a makeover… to give Trevor more of a media friendly image. They had him doing the underwear ad, which he did, and that did not end up turning out so well. Well, I guess it did. (He laughs) Basically, his agent catches him off guard and tells him. “We have a cereal company and it’s going to be great.” You know, Trevor is this kid from Loon Lake, and in the morning he is the kind of guy that throws on whatever is in front of him, and he never has really had to think about how he gels his hair. He has a sort of ‘get up and go’ mentality, and all of a sudden, he has this agent telling him how to dress, how to talk to people, and what to do with his hair. There is a part of him that knows that something is up, especially when he walks into the locker room in a suit. “Team Trevor” put the highlights in his hair. I did not dye my hair in real-life. They put in extensions and blonde clips, and red clips.

MICHAEL:

So you don’t like colorful extensions?

DILLON:

It’s not really my style. That’s kind of the point. They were supposed to look ridiculous. It was funny!

MICHAEL:

Was it fun to take Trevor to the dark side?

DILLON:

I always looked at Trevor as a guy who is between Gabe and Damon. I would look at Peter Miller’s character of Damon and think that is the most fun character to play on the show. The bad guy is always the most fun. When Trevor goes to the dark side I get to be more like Damon Trebuchet. So, the scenes were a lot of fun in episode 7. My favorite scene coming up has Damon and Trevor partying. At this point, Trevor has decided to become Damon. He goes to Lagoon, which is the “MVP” version of the Playboy Mansion, and it’s no holds barred for Trevor. He is just a kid in a candy store. He is a young Damon Trebuchet, by this point.

MICHAEL:

Moving forward, will Trevor Lamonde fans get to see their young hockey superstar redeemed?

DILLON:

Again, I can’t give that all away, but I can tell you there is an arc to the character and he does do a lot of things that he regrets, and it’s a turning point. There is a strong one coming up that is very interesting to see!

MICHAEL:

What are Trevor’s true feelings about the girls in his life, Molly and Tabbi?

DILLON:

Tabbi is the girl that he loved. She is his first love. She is the girl he grew up with in Loon Lake; she was there before all the fame and distraction. When Trevor gets out there into this world, there is all this temptation, and of course, the number one temptation that is out there is Molly. Molly is Trevor’s sort of ‘fatal attraction’.

MICHAEL:

She is so obvious in her seduction of Trevor, though!

DILLON:

She is so obvious, and she is so good-looking, that what guy wouldn’t like being charmed by a girl like Molly. So Trevor is not fighting it. He is also young and naïve about things like that. Then, Tabbi shows up with her Nana. Trevor is just trying to be a young kid experiencing all his success, and his girlfriend shows up with her grandma. He feels it’s preventing him from what he wants to do. There is a backlash to that. However, cheating on Tabbi with Molly was not a good call, by any means. The audience should not let Trevor off the hook for that one. When it comes to Molly, I think it was wrong that she was all over him, and Trevor just didn’t know what to do.

MICHAEL:

How was working with Natalie Krill, who plays Molly, and Anastasia Phillips, who plays Tabbi?

DILLON:

I would always hit on them relentlessly, but they both had boyfriends. It was great! We were all really great friends, and it was funny to know that Anastasia, who played Tabbi, and I found out we had a lot of friends that we both went to university with. So, we had a lot in common with mutual connections. We were immediate friends. Natalie and I had the same sense of humor. We got along really well, and all of it was good. Everybody on the set got along so well, and that is one of the saddest reasons for it being cancelled, because we were all such good friends. It was sad to think that we would not all hang out again.

MICHAEL:

Was there a scene or moment when you thought, “I was really good in this,” or one that you’re most fond of?

DILLON:

Literally, my favorite is a minute or two long scene where I silently sit there and stare at women in episode seven. It was my favorite scene and it came very natural for me (He laughs). There was another great scene with Peter Miller, where we are partying really hard, and it was a lot of fun because they did not yell, “cut”. We just finished and improvised for an extra two or three minutes, and it was so funny!

MICHAEL:

We hear you are working and studying with the famed comedy improv group, Second City, up in Toronto. Is that true?

DILLON:

I am doing the Second City conservatory. Comedy is my number one passion, and where I would like to go. I love doing Second City. It’s so much fun! I have been doing it for two years, and so have my brothers. There is a big improv scene in Toronto, and it’s so much fun and such a rush.

MICHAEL:

Was it hard to play the country bumpkin that Trevor was, to turning into the guy seduced by power, women and money?

DILLON:

You know what I found difficult was when I would think, “Why would anybody in their right mind let anybody do this to them, and take advantage of them in this way?” But, I guess for anyone from a small town going to a big city, things start to happen. Pulling off the character was a lot of fun. It was fun having such opposites on the show. The guy coming from the small town, and then having the guy have everything, was not hard to do.

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MICHAEL:

Now, being the half-naked poster boy in Times Square on the billboard, and with all the SOAPnet promos, how is that experience for you? You’re half-naked in your underwear, so what were your thoughts?

DILLON:

First of all, I am way more than half-naked! When we took those pictures I did not know they were going to be on a billboard at all. I got a phone call that said, “We just want to run this by you, that you are going to be on a billboard we are printing and it’s going to be in Times Square. I went, “Oh, oh, well that’s cool. I did not know how to respond. Then, people were calling me asking if I was going to go down and see it. Then my dad really wanted to go, so we went down to New York City, and we told SOAPnet we were going, and they brought the camera out. I did not know how I was going to react. I did not know if I was going to see the billboard and be overly excited and go nuts. It wasn’t really that. I looked at it and I was happy, and it was really cool. It was surreal, if anything.

MICHAEL:

So, I’m sure what’s come out of that is, you are now on “The Sexiest Men list”, all over the world, and a sex symbol to people. How does that feel?

DILLON:

What’s strange is a lot of this has happened so fast. This whole thought of being a celebrity doesn’t exist as powerfully in Toronto, as it does in LA. There is definitely a sense of it. If I am talking to somebody and they are not really saying anything, and there is not a lot of eye contact, they will go, “Why is your friend being such a jerk to me?” And my friends say to me, “Dude, they are nervous talking to you!” I don’t think of myself in that way, but it takes my brothers or my friends to point it out to me. People that recognize me the most are other actors. They will come up to me and say, “Hey, congratulations on the show. I have never seen a show like that come out of Canada.” That’s really good to hear. The billboard itself is also great Second City material, for them to make fun of me. Just like after a class or show, people will want to go to a bar and I will go, “How about this bar?” And they will always joke, “Oh, just because he is on a billboard in Times Square we have to go to that bar!” OK, ‘Mr. Celebrity and Mr. Times Square’. Overall, I would not say my life has changed.

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MICHAEL:

Is it true that in the audition a lot of guys had to take off their clothes or their shirts, or something?

DILLON:

Well, I don’t know what anybody else had to do. My first audition was a regular audition where I had to do some lines, and felt pretty good about it. Then, I got a call from my agent saying that I needed to go back to the auditions. So, I went back and the directors and the casting directors were there. I did what I did before in the other scene, and then they go, “OK. Now that was great, but now we are going to do another scene where your character is asked to do an underwear ad, and have these pictures taken of him, where he screams like an animal at the end.” So I was like, “OK, that sounds good.” They go, “No, no, you have to take your shirt off. This is an underwear ad.” I go, “OK. I guess I will do that.” I had to for my callback. So, the way I got the part was taking my shirt off and screaming, and they gave me the part.

MICHAEL:

To be in shape like you are, how often do you work out?

DILLON:

I go there five times a week. I grew up in competitive sports. I was a tennis player and quit that when I was 10 years old. I was a member of a gym, and I am a pretty anxious guy. So, I started going to the gym after I stopped playing tennis. With all this extra energy it just became a habit.

MICHAEL:

So, since “MVP” centers around hockey, and Canada is famous for it, are you a hockey buff in real life?

DILLON:

To be honest, I am one of those guys that when the playoffs are on, and if Toronto or Montreal is in the play-offs, I will watch. But, I don’t really care that much and I am not ashamed to admit it. All my friends love it. To be honest, I think there is too much of it up here. I wish Canada would pay attention to some of its other athletes, because there is no reason we should not have amazing tennis and baseball players. I love hockey and I love how Canadians love it, but we are a big country and there should be more variety here.

MICHAEL:

What would people be most surprised to know about you, that they wouldn’t expect from a guy like you?

DILLON:

I think, Second City. I have a production company with my brothers and we have two series in development now in Canada. We are all writers and producers, and also I think what surprises most people is that I have a Masters Degree in Economics. That is surprising to me. (He laughs) So, that is why I think it would surprise most people.

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MICHAEL:

What made you go into acting?

DILLON:

The bigger question is what made me get my Masters in Economics? Acting was actually a fallback if this ‘economics’ thing didn’t’ work out. It was in my third year at the university that I realized I liked acting. I applied for my Masters, and then I went to audition in Toronto. I landed a big job in a show during exam time in April called, “Eleven Cameras” and it was my first big role. Then, that put me in the position that I could audition for anything in Toronto. Right after that, I auditioned for “MVP” and I got the part of Trevor Lamonde. Since then, I have been acting full time as much as I can. There are ups and downs with whether you are working. It’s either a lot or not at all.

MICHAEL:

Would you consider a move to Los Angeles at this point, or are you planning on staying in Canada right now?

DILLON:

I have duel citizenship to the States and Canada. So, I definitely will be moving to Los Angeles at some point. Right now the plan is October. I was planning on going down this year, but there was the writer’s strike and that was pretty bad, and there was an earthquake today in LA, so I knew it wasn’t the right time for it to happen. (He laughs) But October seems like a great time.

Don’t miss episode seven, “the Code, on “MVP” tonight on SOAPnet, Thursday July 31st at 11 PM ET/PT! And keep up with “MVP” by logging onto www.soapnet.com. “He Shoots … She Scores!”

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DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks On: Ben Weston, Soap Amnesia, Doppelgängers, and the Time Jump

Days of our Lives viewers have been going through some changes over the past month since the launch of the innovative time jump from the creative mind of the series and Daytime Emmy-winning head writer, Ron Carlivati.  As episode after episode unfolds, the audience has been finding out just where their favorite Salem residents have landed and with whom, in the one year flash-forward.  There have been shocking deaths revealed, longtime couples facing different kinds of obstacles that could change their relationships forever, and some characters brought back on the canvas, in one form or the other, to shake things up.

On the series finale of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Ron Carlivati was the very special guest and addressed many of the decisions that went into making the flash- forward happen starting with when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) wakes up from her coma after her fall, thanks to Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso), and how it impacts the canvas.  You can listen to the can’t-miss interview here via iTunes or at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Due to the length of our conversation with the talented head scribe, some of the questions and answers did not make it into the podcast finale due to time constraints.  So, we have brought you the rest the interview here as Ron discusses: the popularity of  #Cin, back-from-the-dead storylines, writing for the original series on the DOOL app and further creative decisions that went into crafting the one-year time jump.  Check out what Ron had to say below.

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You have been able to make #Cin, the hottest duo on daytime by taking a now reformed serial killer, Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) and pairing him with the daughter of one of DAYS all-time supercouples, Bo and Hope in Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal).  Were you ever  concerned as to how this story/romance would play to the audience at home, because in reality no parent would ever just stand by and let their child get involved with a man who strangled and killed women, previously? 

Ron:  To sort of try to glorify a guy who strangled women and make him into a romantic lead, we don’t do that lightly.  Not unlike, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) on One Life to Live who was a rapist, and who became sort of an anti-hero, but also a romantic lea.  And in this day and age, it’s even a bigger decision to do something like that, I think.  So, that said, it is a soap opera and there are certain things where we know we are pushing the envelope.  We know in the real world that no mother would ever get past her daughter being with a guy who murdered, killed, and strangled three women or strangled and shot one, but the pairing worked so well.

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In the time jump, you gave Ben an intriguing prison cell mate in Will Horton, given that Ben had “killed” him previously.  Add to that you brought back Ben’s criminal father, Clyde back into the mix.  There’s lots of prison orange these days on the screen.

Ron:  When we knew we were sending Ben to prison, then obviously father and son have to cross path. It just added another element, so it wasn’t just going to be Ben and Will (Chandler Massey) talking to each other, and making a shawl together like Martha Stewart. (Laughs). Ben’s relationship with Clyde was interesting to me.  As horrible as Clyde was and is – there does seem to be some sort of love that he has for Ben.

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On the soaps, and as has been part of DAYS enduring legacy, characters are killed off, only to be brought back to life somewhere down the road. Many return with classic soap amnesia as a vehicle to drive story.  Is there ever a time when as a writer, or as a soap fan, you think “enough is enough”, and characters should just stay dead?  Many fans who watch daytime dramas get very invested in tragic death stories, where characters have these shocking or sudden, or long goodbyes, and the viewers goes through the grieving process; along with the other characters, for what then seems like a waste of an emotional investment when said character turns back up alive.

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Ron:  We were talking about bringing Jack (Matthew Ashford) back right around that same time we had the Will story.  We couldn’t bring two people back from the dead at the same time, and that’s why Jack’s return kind of got put on the back-burner, so we could do the ‘Will is alive’ story arc.  Look, the audience will go with you, especially if they want somebody back desperately.  They will overlook how did it happen, and how could they be alive.  They will accept almost any explanation, but I think you’re right, if you do it too much, you tend to water down the permanence of death … especially deaths that you saw on-camera.

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Viewers know you love doppelgänger storylines.  And, in the time jump you brought back none other than Hattie Adams (Deidre Hall).  Why the decision to bring Hattie back at this time?  I know Deidre loves playing her.

Ron:  I think Deidre likes playing something different than Marlena, because she played Marlena for many, many years, and she knows her like the back of her hand.  Hattie is an escape and something fun, and the chance to do and say outrageous things that Marlena would never do.  So, we bring her back whenever we can to have fun with, and again, it seemed to work because  she was in prison, and we set Eve in prison when we started the time jump off, and we’re like, “Who’s Eve (Kassie DePaiva) going to be talking to?” and we’re like, “Oh, well of course.  It has to be Hattie.” (Laughs)

When do you first see the fruits of your labor?  Do you see a feed from the set as the show is taping? Do you receive episodes where you see how what was written has come to life? 

Ron:  In prior shows, One Life to Live and on GH, I saw it when it aired. At One Life, I was in the studio, so I often saw production shooting scenes.  Here, they send me the completed shows once it has been completely edited, the music has been put into it, and it’s all ready to roll, and they email me the link to 5 or 6 shows.  So, I could in theory watch a couple of weeks ahead of the audience, but I tend to (unless I’m so, so curious about how a certain thing turned out) watch it when it’s on TV.

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The “Lani (Sal Stowers) and Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) joining a convent” storyline is at a critical point in story.  How did you come up with the decision to put Lani, and of all people, Kristen together and about to take their vows as nuns, and kind of becoming bff’s?

Ron:  I mean, you can’t imagine sort of two more unlikely friends as Kristen and Lani.  We grew to really love the relationship that developed between the two of them.  I think we sat down and said about the time jump, “There have to be enough big changes that you do the double-take.”  Like, Will is Ben’s cell mate, Adrienne is dead, and Justin and Kayla are together now.  You had to have enough of those WTF moments to justify passing a year of time.

You have also been writing series for the DOOL app.  What did you think of Chad and Abby in Paris with that being the initial one and how it all came to pass?

Ron:   It was fun.  I had no time.  I was writing six episodes a week of DAYS, and I was asked “By the way, can you write two seasons of a web/app show for us?” (Laughs) Greg Meng (Co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) has really been the mastermind behind this app and developing this app into something.  I love all of the stuff you guys came up with for all the behind the scenes content, but I know that Greg really wanted original series content on it, too.  Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abigail (Kate Mansi) just seemed like the logical couple to do that with.  You wanted somebody tied to Salem that wasn’t currently on the campus, but you know the audience cares about what their up to, and Chad and Abby just seemed perfect.  The process was totally different because I’m used to writing six outlines a week that are 15 pages long, and all of the sudden, I’m like, “She comes in, this happens, and this happens.” .  That’s like a whole episode of an app series right there.  Corday Productions produced it while they were producing the regular show, and they made a special set into Chad and Abigail’s apartment, which I thought looked incredible.

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Chad & Abby in Paris had a bit of a different look and feel then the regular airshows, which I think made it enticing.

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Ron:  I loved the look of it.  I felt it was just a little bit different than Salem.  We had the establishing shots of the Eiffel Tower and all of that stuff, and look, we had to keep it simple, but we added in Austin (Austin Peck).  We had Tony (Thaao Penghlis) come in season 2.  We had the new characters of Juliette (Rachele Schank) and Sylvie (Shawna Della-Ricca).  So, it was fun, and it weirdly just timed out so perfectly because we did 8, took like a week off, did another 8, and that last episode was posted right when Jennifer fell.

Right, so it timed perfect to get Chad & Abby back on the airshows.

Ron:  It timed out perfectly so that we could have Abigail get a call: “Something has happened to my mother.  We have to go back to Salem.”  So, you last saw Chad and Abby in Paris, and then the following week they were back in Salem.

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Now, with the kind of massive move for DAYS with the time jump, you have to figure out: “Who are the casualties?  Who am I going to lose?” Viewers learned in short order that: Adrienne (Judi Evans) isn’t alive, Haley (Thia Megia) isn’t alive, and Jordan (Chrishell Stause) isn’t alive.  What went into the decision-making process to kill those characters?  I’m assuming it was to further the story of others on the canvas.

Ron:  Yes.  Anytime we kill somebody, it breaks my heart every time, because these are like my babies.  You fall in love with these characters, and you care about them a lot, and you care about the people who play them.  So, it’s a big decision to say, “Let’s kill them.”  It may be a great story, like, “I’m going to get this amazing story if I kill X,” but that’s a person and a job, and it’s not something we ever do lightly.  That said, in a year of passage of time, you know that life and death is going to happen, and to us, it felt like to really signify the passage of time, there had to be at least one or two people who are no longer alive, and then show how that affects our story.

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Did you ever think that instead of 1 year that you’d do a bigger jump?  Like, “What if I did 5 years?”  Because it’s interesting, I was reading some comments on social media from fans who are like, “What year is it?  Is it just 1 year?  Why didn’t they do 5?” (Laughs)

Ron:  5 seemed like a lot.  I think people change physically a lot in 5 years. I wasn’t prepared to cast little children as teenagers… that would be a lot. (Laughs)  I think you run the risk of it being almost too disorienting for the audience.  Also, then it would be me having to figure out what happened over 5 years instead of just 1. (Laughs)  So, 1 year just kind of seemed perfect, and it had to be an even year so that even though it’s a crazy coincidence that Jennifer woke up 1 year to the day she fell into the coma, you needed Thanksgiving to still be Thanksgiving, and Christmas to still fall on Christmas, and that kind of thing.  So, it had to be an even year.  I think it worked out great and I hope the audience continues to go on the journey with us, because there is a lot more to come!

So, have you been enjoying the DAYS time jump thus far? Which storyline has piqued your interest most? Let us know via the comment section below.

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Rob Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal Interview – Day of Days 2019

Days of our Lives stars Rob Scott Wilson (Ben) and Victoria Konefal (Victoria) talk with Michael Fairman at Day of Days 2019.

During the conversation, the on-screen duo known as “Cin” share their thoughts on the series time jump, and the shocking developments that find Ben in prison for the murder of his sister, Jordan.

In addition, Rob and Victoria reveal their thoughts on if a #Cin proposal may be on the way, and much more.

Check out the interview above this fan favorite duo below, then let us know in the comment section what you think of the plight of #Cin currently airing on Days.  Do you want Ben to get out of prison? Ciara to save him? Weigh-in.

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Days of our Lives stars Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Chandler Massey (Will) chat with Michael Fairman at Day of Days 2019.

During the conversation, they discuss the latest developments for WilSon with the series innovative time jump, which finds Sonny grieving a year later for the loss of his mother Adrienne, and that his husband Will is apparently the responsible party and in jail for her death.

In addition, Will was in for a surprise when his cellmate turned out to be the man that strangled him to ‘death’, Ben Weston.

However, in one of the funniest interviews during the Day of Days event, Freddie and Chandler reveal what really will happen next for WilSon (sort of, kind of, not!)

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